*United will face Everton, the English Premier League club featuring U.S. national team goalkeeper Tim Howard, on July 23 at RFK Stadium. The club previously announced a May 22 match against Dutch titan Ajax. Another friendly this summer is being arranged. Everton is currently ninth in the 20-club Premier League with a 9-8-13 record.
*Right back Jed Zayner’s hamstring injury is not as severe as initially feared and he might be able to play this weekend at New England. He did not practice today. A decision is expected by Thursday.
The first choice to replace Zayner is Rodrigo Brasesco, but with center back Perry Kitchen on U.S. under-20 national team duty for several weeks, the Uruguayan is expected to join Dejan Jakovic in the middle.
If Zayner is not available, rookie Chris Korb becomes an option. He started at right back in the reserve game Sunday. “There’s not many guys here that I don’t feel comfortable putting into a game right now. That’s a good thing,” Coach Ben Olsen said. “Our depth is pretty solid. If he or other youngsters are called on, it’s not always going to be perfect. There are going to be growing pains, but I feel confident.”
Another option is Brandon Barklage, who, oddly, remains without a contract despite being with the club since the start of preseason. The club has declined to offer an explanation. He spent some time at right back in the reserve match. “He is being very patient with us as we figure out one or two last-minute things,” Olsen said.
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*Midfielder-defender Devon McTavish remains out with a concussion. I’ll have much more on his situation later.
*Olsen, on considering whether to start two-goal scorer Charlie Davies this week: “That stuff we’ll figure out this week, whether or not we start him. The role he was in was a very good role for him. He is going to have explosiveness whether he starts or if he comes into the game; that’s the beauty of Charlie. I thought Joe [Ngwenya] struggled a little bit but also does a lot of work for us. He really keeps the back four on their toes with a lot work, not only offensively but defensively. Credit him and Josh [Wolff] early to tire their backs out and make sure, when Charlie comes into the game, they are breathing heavy.”
*I asked Olsen whether he was worried about Wolff when the veteran forward removed his shirt and celebrated his goal with the supporters.
“I loved it,” Olsen said.
You never did that, did you?
“I never did because I didn’t want people to see how hairy my chest was.”
*Read Post fan blogger Jeff Maurer’s take on the opening match.